Fact: Firefighters risk their lives to save people AND property. The work often includes rescue and emergency medical service. A career as a firefighter can be dynamic and exciting…but the hours can also be long and the work can be physically demanding. Some days will be low-key and routine…and some days you’ll work in conditions that involve EXTREME temperatures, danger and discomfort.

Key point: Being a firefighter isn’t easy. It requires self-discipline, quick decision making, steely nerves and a strong work ethic.

However, just about every firefighter will tell you they wouldn’t have it any other way…and the rewards FAR outweigh the risks.

Opportunities at Lake Superior College

The Fire Technology and Administration Program is a 72-credit Associate in Applied Science degree program that provides basic and advanced instruction in fire prevention, fire fighting techniques, rescue, and management of fire services.

Technical electives allow students to specialize in the many different venues of the fire fighting world, including wildland, aircraft rescue or technical rescue, to fit their goals. 

The Emergency Response Training Center is located at 11501 Hwy 23, Duluth, MN 55808. It is a 120-acre remote training facility that serves all aspects of the emergency medical services and public safety training.

What are the outcomes?

Students are job ready upon graduation based on nationally accepted performance standards for fire fighters. Job prospects in the Duluth/Superior area are limited, so the willingness to relocate will provide more employment opportunities.

Salary Range: In Minnesota the average wage for fire fighters is $16.40 per hour and the median wage for the United States is $23.18, according to www.iseek.org.

Career Outlook

Employment of fire fighters in the United States is expected to grow by nine percent between 2010-2020.*

Choose your degree option:A.A.S.

Want to learn more?

Contact: Program Director Paula Castleman, (218)733-1077, or Student Services at (218) 733-7601 or (800) 432-2884 ext. 7601. Or look online at www.lsc.edu.